This year will be a crucial year for Dutch aviation, with the decisions on the opening of Lelystad Airport and the further development of Schiphol on the political agenda. Schiphol is "in the starting blocks" to initiate, together with air traffic control and the airlines, initiatives to reduce nuisance and environmental impact so that the airport can grow further.

Schiphol announced this when presenting its annual figures for 2019; a year in which the airport was characterized in operational terms by a major failure in the fuel supply system. "With many cancellations and stranded passengers as a result."

The number of flight movements at the airport has therefore fallen for the first time in years, by 0.5 percent to 496,826 against 499,444 a year earlier. In addition to the fuel failure, a spokesperson for Schiphol also blames the loss of the Indian partner of KLM, Jet Airways.

In the past year, 80.5 million passengers traveled through the airports of the Royal Schiphol Group, in addition to Schiphol, also Eindhoven and Rotterdam. That is an increase of 1.7 percent. Eindhoven grew by almost 9 percent to 6.7 million travelers, Rotterdam The Hague Airport amounted to 2.1 million and Schiphol grew by 0.9 percent to 71.7 million passengers.

Net result more than a quarter higher

Financially it was a good year for the operator of the largest airports in the Netherlands. Turnover increased by 7 percent to 1.6 billion euros. This was due to higher airport charges, more parking revenues and other expenses from passengers at the airport. The net result was a whopping 27 percent higher at 355 million euros.